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Old 09-25-2013, 08:40 PM   #1
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How many of you brew your own beer?

Just curious!

I got a Mr Beer brewing kit for Christmas and finally got around to brewing my first batch. It was an interesting experience ... it took 2 weeks for fermentation to complete and 2 weeks of conditioning (carbonation) (different beers take different times) ... I expect to sample it this weekend. I was looking at the prices of the refills to make another batch, but it looks like it's cheaper to buy a good bottled beer from Costco

So, do you brew your own? Where do you get your malt extract?
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:32 PM   #2
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I go to a place called wine kitz and buy a box that has everything in it except the sugar....it's really easy and the beer is good but I quit making it because I don't care for the cleaning of all the bottles, I used to use the glass ones. Other than that it's good and cheaper than buying beer, I still make wine though and it's just as easy....maybe in the future I'll get back into making beer again.
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:35 PM   #3
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Oh yeah I used to buy the cans of malt and it was good that way too just a little more work.
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:52 PM   #4
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I brew but in 5 gallon batches. I usually buy from Midwestsupplies.com....they have a great selection.
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When I was in High School in the 60's my friend and I made 20 gallons at a time in a large crock. Pabst Blue Ribbon Malt, lots of sugar and a little yeast. We never bought them all in the same store so we wouldn't get caught. We made about two batches a month my Jr. and Sr. year.
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I've been extract brewing for at least 15 years. There are many quality online sources for equipment and ingredients. One of my favorites is www.northernbrewer.com. I highly recommended investing in a quality 2-stage fermination kit. It will last forever and produce excellent beer.

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Old 09-26-2013, 10:05 AM   #7
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I was looking at the prices of the refills to make another batch, but it looks like it's cheaper to buy a good bottled beer from Costco
LOL, I grow a decent sized garden year round. Even if I don't value my time I can still go to the grocery store and buy everything I grow cheaper than I can grow -- except maybe tomatoes. I don't grow the garden for any reason other than I like too. It's i nice plaec to escape without having to leave.

I would have view brewing beer the same way---of course you can buy beer commercially cheaper; but then are you really brewing for the end product of the enjoyment, sense of accomplishment and the experimentation.

By the way, my roommates and I brewed in college. After a couple months and 3 batches we decided to leave it to the experts. As for cost, I don't exactly recall what brewing cost---but I went to college in Chico, CA the home of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. We could buy 5gal cylinders for $30 and 15.5 gal kegs for $55. I'm certain it was cheaper to buy beer for us too.
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I don't look at brewing from a cost or convenience perspective (it is pretty time consuming), I do it as a hobby and only brew 2-3 times a year. There are 5 gal recipe kits that start from about $30 (makes about 50 beers using 12 oz bottles). I get a little discouraged if a batch isn't to my taste but I can always find friends and neighbors that want free beer.
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In the fall, myself and a few buddies decided to give all grain brewing a shot. We picked up a few small kits (1 gallon per kit) and made a day out of it. One thing I learned is that trying to make 3 different types of beer with one set of pots is a pain!

Definitely it isn't about the cost savings but more about the experience. 3 out of 4 of us enjoyed the process and will definitely do it again although in larger batches of a single type.

The end results have been great! The beer is very smooth, flavourful and needless to say quite potent (unfortunately we didn't measure the alcohol %).

The bottling process was rather enjoyable once I got the process down. I went with swingtop bottles over capped which probably made it much easier in the long run.

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I got a Brooklyn Brew Shop for Christmas. I brewed and waited then drank. The kit I got was an IPA. I will tell you it was good stuff. I was very surprised and happy with the way it turned out.

It is a lot of work for 10 1/2 bottles of beer. I plan on doing another kit although I will get the simpler kit that makes a few (bunch) more bottles.
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